#5: San Jose
San Jose — the 10th-largest city in the U.S. — landed the silver spot on the list of happiest cities for young professionals. However, because of its high price tag, it barely squeezed into our top five.
The cost of living in San Jose is 68% higher than the national average — second only to NYC and nearby Sunnyville, Calif. But it also comes with the highest entry-level salary: a sweet $51,000 per year.
Unemployment of 7.9% isn’t exactly optimal, and San Jose also is below average when it comes to our other personal life factors. Still, its young professionals are happy.